Brighton v Arsenal: Match in pictures
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Arsenal’s potential revamp of their attacking squad had included links to in-demand Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the past week. But according to Carlton Palmer, there is no chance of a deal happening.
Calvert-Lewin has been Everton’s focal point for the past two seasons, scoring 32 league goals in 72 games for the Toffees.
Having been lauded as a club hero at Goodison Park, it would take an astronomical fee to even tempt Everton into negotiations.
But with Arsenal ready to ship out Alexandre Lacazette – who is reportedly on £180,000-per-week with his contract up next summer – there is a space for a talisman to come in and steal the show.
A report by the Sun last week claimed that Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins had been named as potential replacements.
And Palmer believes Calvert-Lewin is not the man Arsenal will get due to the price Everton will demand for their star asset.
“No chance, no chance whatsoever,” Palmer said to This is Futbol.
“I mean, when you say no chance, I don’t believe it will happen, but everybody’s got their price.
“But I don’t believe Arsenal, after the money that they splashed out, can go and pay £60million or £70m for another player – and Everton will ask for big money for him.
“I just really can’t see it happening. And also, the players are doing well and they’re enjoying it under Rafa Benitez, so when you’re enjoying your football and the club’s doing well, then why would you want to move?”
Arteta are unlikely to let Lacazette go until a replacement is sorted.
They could look to sell him in January, but the Frenchman will also be free to speak to prospective new clubs with his contract running out at the end of the season.
Everton will likely demand a fee upwards of £70m for Calvert-Lewin, who has established himself in the England side when fit.
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And with 11 England caps to his name, the Sheffield-born striker will look to further his tally upon return from injury.
Three goals in three games this season have been halted by injury.
But a return to the playing field is soon in order and the Toffees’ striker will look to continue his form.
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